McCarter promises $ 2.5 million to name the IPTAY Center
IPTAY Center officially named for foundation partner John N. McCarter Jr.
CLEMSON SC – John N. “Nicky” McCarter, Jr., a 1980 graduate of Clemson University, through his generous $ 2.5 million Cornerstone Partner pledge for IPTAY and Clemson Athletics in 2017, has officially named the IPTAY Center and “McCarter Family IPTAY Center”. . ” His gift has been used to further the success of the Clemson student-athlete experience in the current 19-sport program.
“It is a great pleasure to be able to make this gift in support of our talented student-athletes. Their achievements in athletics and academia are outstanding, which continues to make me very proud to be a Clemson Tiger. Being able to serve and be part of this great University for over 50 years is something I appreciate very much. “I look forward to witnessing and being part of the future success of our growing athletic program,” says Nicky McCarter.
Since his graduation in administrative management, McCarter has spent his entire professional career with Defender Services, Inc. With over 3,100 employees in 40 counties of South Carolina and 14 states; Defender Services Inc. is a provider of professional services to industrial and manufacturing facilities, commercial and retail businesses, educational institutions and healthcare facilities. Over his more than four decades with the company, he has held various positions, and today is the owner, president and CEO of the company.
“Nicky McCarter truly embodies the Clemson Spirit and is an extraordinary champion for IPTAY and our great University,” said IPTAY CEO Davis Babb. “His service on the IPTAY Board of Directors as a member of the University Board of Trustees has greatly helped our organization to thrive as Clemson Athletics’ largest revenue provider. Moreover, his Cornerstone Partner gift is special to the IPTAY Family as our facility is now named in honor of his family. This $ 2.5 million gift has further expanded the space in which IPTAY can support Clemson student-athletes in their efforts to be class champions, athletics and life champions. ”
During his time on campus as a student, he was heavily involved in the athletics department, particularly with the football program. As a freshman, he walked on the football team as a line defender. Since graduation, McCarter has continued to serve his Alma Mater through numerous units and organizations.
Elected in 2008 by the General Assembly, he has been and continues to be a member of the Board of Directors of Clemson University. As a board member, he has served on several committees, including the Agriculture and Natural Resources, Executive and Audit, Finance and Facilitation, Institutional Advancement, Compensation, and Student Affairs committees. He has also held the position of Vice President from 2013-17.
“The gratitude I have for Nicky McCarter is immeasurable. He is an important catalyst for the success of our athletic program through his unwavering commitment and leadership at our University, “said Athletics Director Dan Radakovich.” His gift to his cornerstone partner is an outward sign of his commitment and passion for the continued growth of our elite athletic program and our Clemson student-athletes. ”
In addition to being a core Partner Gun, Nicky has given IPTAY 46 years in a row. He invested in the Endowment Membership program and donates annually to the Riggs level ($ 25,000).
McCarter is a member of the Thomas Green Clemson Association and the South Carolina Waterfowl Association and is the past president of the South Carolina Athletic Hall of Fame. An Eagle Scout, McCarter serves on the Executive Board of the Indian Waters Council and the NBSC Columbia Advisory Board. McCarter is also a Mason and a Shriner, and a former baseball coach for the Palmetto Baseball League. In 2019, McCarter was honored by the Clemson Alumni Association with the Distinguished Service Award, the association’s highest honor bestowed on the former Clemson Tigers.
McCarter and his late wife, Cass, had two children, Lauren (’12, ’18) and Cole (’16). McCarter and fiancé Stacy Pennington reside in Colombia.
With this gift, Nicky McCarter became a founding partner of Partner Program cornerstone in Athletics. A total of 22 partners have pledged a minimum of $ 2.5 million to push Clemson forward in the University’s quest to educate and prepare student-athletes to compete and win at the highest levels.